Posted by The Survival Center on February 13, 2017
Evacuation - Alert - Oroville Dam
California's huge Oroville dam is overflowing, destroying the spillway that has not been used in
living memory ... until now ...and
with more serious rain due later this week, chances are that the
situation will get much worse.
Lack of maintenance on the spillway has allowed the millions of gallons of water that is pouring out of the dam to seriously erode the packed earth dam foundation, raising fears of a complete collapse and a sudden release of the entire dammed up lake.
Should that happen, it could potentially wipe out a quarter of California's productive agricultural land, with no chance of recovery for many years into the future.
As we write, the California government has finally issued an evacuation order.
fine weather is expected for the next few days, the dam itself has over-topped its capacity because of recent extreme storms and rain ...
and with another storm coming through from Thursday onward, there is no
reserve storage capacity in the dam at all.
That means the spillway will have to continue taking the overflow, which means erosion of the dam's earthen buttress wall will continue, possibly to the point of leading to a total collapse of the dam itself.
We do not want to be alarmist about this .... but we have seen in the past that too many people wait too long to take action for themselves, so this is just a heads-up.
In the light of the Oroville Dam structural failure and weakness, we thought it might be a good time to remind you, why it is good to be prepared and have things ready to go in case an evacuation is necessary. Check out this video about it here.
If you live in this area and haven't evacuated yet, GET READY NOW!
If you don't live in this area, Get Ready NOW! In an emergency you don't want to scramble around not knowing what to take and waste precious time.
Preparedness prevents panic!
An emergency check list of essential items to have ready
Making yourself familiar with the surrounding area ahead of time and studying maps for possible evacuation routes, is a smart thing to do.
Get Ready! Be Safe!
The Survival Center Farm and Prepper Team
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